Pyers Presents: Working with Presenters

It can be hard for groups to get presentations for meetings. And, if a presenter takes the time and trouble to visit your group, will he or she want to come back? A reader recently sent in a tip about a series that covers everything from inviting a presenter to how to handle activity on the night of a presentation. Provided by Nicholas Pyers’ the series has been around for a while but is well worth revisiting.

Approaching Potential Presenters

Confirming Presenters

Working with Presenters on “The Night”


HAAUG Heaven: Semi-Annual Swap Meet

The Houston Area Apple Users Group’s (HAAUG) semi-annual Swap Meet is the place to find gently used tech bargains that will delight both novices and tech savvy users! January 18, 2014, Bellaire Civic Center in Bellaire, Texas: Be there or be square.

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(Thanks to Apple User Group Regional Liaison and HAAUG past president Doug Smith for this tip!)


The Northwest of Us: iMovie 10 Workshop

The Northwest of Us User Group (NWOU) regularly holds special one-day workshops on topics of interest to their members and their community. On January 18, 2014, the next hands-on workshop will cover iMovie 10, with presenter Phil Brooks.

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Tom Piper: Thanks for Great Offers and Greater Memories

On April 15, 2004, eight years and eight months ago, Tom Piper took over responsibility for all vendor offers published in the Apple User Group Bulletin, later providing all of the offers that ran on the Apple User Group Resources Blog.

Tom had been busy in the user group community for many years prior to wearing the Vendor Wizard hat: he founded appleJAC MUG in 1984 and served as its president for well over 20 years. He had been appointed as one of the Apple User Group Program’s Regional Liaisons in 2003, and later served as Advisory Board Chair for two years. During those 8.6 Vendor Wizard years, Tom was responsible for providing the raffle items enjoyed at UGU, UGLC, the User Group Ice Cream Social and more, all for user group attendees at Macworld.

In November, Tom stepped down from his vendor responsibilities, focusing on new Advisory Board projects.

Thanks for many, many years of wonderful offers and even better memories, Tom!

tom From your colleagues on the User Group Advisory Board, Apple’s User Group Program and members of the user group community.

MacinTech: Focus on Apple’s Assistive Technologies

On January 14, officers and members of Denver’s MacinTech Computer Users Group will host a special program with a focus on Apple’s assistive technologies. Presenters will include Dan Burke, from the Colorado Center for the Blind, and a representative from AbleLink Technologies, speaking about AbleLink’s programs to help the learning disabled navigate mass transit. Most Apple users know that Macs are designed for universal access, with dozens of assistive technologies built in. Still, those dozens are just the start of the many ways that a Mac can provide access solutions.

Visit MacinTech.

(Thanks to Andy Suhaka, MacinTech Treasurer, for this great tip!)

Santa Fe Macintosh User Group: 20 Years of Memories

The Santa Fe Macintosh User Group, co-founded by John Tollit, Dave Rohr and Robin Williams, will be holding a special meeting in March of 2014, celebrating 20 years of User Group community. Officers and members are putting together a special presentation for that meeting and are interested in any mementos that folk might have. Do you have photos or other memories from their early days? If so, contribute to the celebration by sending them to webmaster – at –

Here’s a brief history by John Tollit of the founding of the SFMUG.

Visit the group’s home page.

FileMaker 13: Wow!

For over 28 years, FileMaker has given us the tools we need to efficiently store, manage, retrieve, and analyze data. With the new FileMaker 13 platform, FileMaker provides an elegant solution to the challenge of providing access in a connected world. Simply put, data is far less useful when it is hard to access. FileMaker Web Direct, new in FileMaker 13, offers database access via the end user’s HTML5 compliant browser and administrative control via an HML5 console – no web development skills or coding required. In addition to the custom themes, built-in themes and starter solutions found in the previous version, FM13 offers styles, a way to provide a consistent look and feel: change a style and the change is instantly reflected across all content.

Secure? AES 256-bit encryption is paired with a new visual encryption state indicator, showing when a connection is validated by a third-party certificate and indicating when a connection is secure. Better yet, the platform provides excellent cross-platform functionality, iOS script steps, Script Triggers and functions designed specifically for iPhone and iPad, features to support iOS solution creation and the same ease-of-use and strong support for industry standards that has been a hallmark of the software for the past 28 years.

Users can purchase FileMaker 13 as a subscription, priced from $9.00 (US) to $ 29.00 (US) per month, or a standard software license or server connection package with pricing based on level and version. FileMaker Go for iOS is available from ITunes as a free app. (… And did I mention that there are over 50 other new features?)

Check it out!

Sandy F.